Month: November 2016

The One Who Said ‘Thank You’

“When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back. He praised God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.” Luke 17:15 On this week of Thanksgiving, especially with our tumultuous and uncertain times, I have pondered the meaning of gratitude and thankfulness. Sure, we say we’re thankful, but do we mean it? And how do we show our thankfulness? In the Gospel of Luke Jesus healed 10 lepers. He told them to go and show themselves to the priest, that way they could be reintroduced to society. All 10 left. Eventually one stopped, turned around and went back to Jesus. Why? Because he wanted to say ‘Thank you.’ Something even more miraculous happened that day. Something other than Jesus healing the 10 lepers. Jesus asked, “Were not 10 cleansed? But where are the nine?” Even though Jesus asked the questions, he already knew that answer. Only one came back to thank him. Only one came back to worship him and to give him honor. What Jesus did next is an excellent example of how he responds to thankfulness: “Arise, go thy way: thy faith has made thee whole.” See, Jesus cleansed and healed all ten lepers, but with the one who came back, he went a step further and made him whole. That means he restored him completely. No missing...

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What are you struggling with?

Life sometimes feels that it is nothing but one struggle to another. I have a dear friend whose daughter suffers from seizures. My sister is struggling with her health. So many of my friends struggle with finances. Others with family situations. Sometimes when we struggle it is hard to see past that moment’s issue whether it’s pain or worry or fear or heartache. What is it you are struggling with? Sometimes through our struggles our perspective becomes distorted. We may start getting angry at God, or at the very least questioning Him. We may start to pull away from people because we can’t see past our own pain. I’m reminded of the widow of Zarephath in I Kings 17. Here is a woman who had nothing. She was picking up a few twigs to start a small fire in order to make herself and her son a small meal out of nothing more than a handful of meal and a cup of oil because that was all she had. Here’s what I find interesting: God told Elijah to go her because that’s who He was going to use to sustain Elijah. Really? A starving widow and her son, both of whom planned on dying after eating this small cake, were going to sustain Elijah? God, however, wasn’t only thinking of Elijah, He had a plan for the widow too....

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